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Comparing Brother MFC-J491DW and HP OfficeJet 3830

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Brother MFC-J491DW ranks #48 out of 212. It is in the top 20%.
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7.8
Good
Popularity Score
Very popular
Popularity rank: 22 / 244
92%
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In comparison:
HP OfficeJet 3830 ranks #20 out of 212. It is in the top 20%.
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8.3
Great
Popularity Score
Best-selling
Popularity rank: 1 / 244
100%
Brother MFC-J491DW: Buy | Customer Reviews
HP OfficeJet 3830: Buy | Customer Reviews
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86
Total expert reviews: 4
  • with a score: 2
  • without a score: 2
Highest score by Gadget Review
91
Average score based on 4 reviews
86
Lowest score by PCMag
80

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Expert reviews [13]

76
Total expert reviews: 13
  • with a score: 8
  • without a score: 5
Highest score by Gadget Review
90
Average score based on 13 reviews
76
Lowest score by Joe Sprinter Buying Guide
48

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HP OfficeJet 3830 ranks #20 and Brother MFC-J491DW ranks #48

Customers like HP OfficeJet 3830 somewhat more

HP OfficeJet 3830, the cheaper option, tends to get more favorable reviews than Brother MFC-J491DW. In our awesomeness score HP OfficeJet 3830 ranks #11 out of 244 and Brother MFC-J491DW ranks #10 out of 244.

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HP OfficeJet 3830 is more popular

It's fairly safe to say that HP OfficeJet 3830 is a more popular printer, based on its 30,000+ reviews. In our popularity score HP OfficeJet 3830 ranks #1 out of 244 and Brother MFC-J491DW ranks #22 out of 244.

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To consider

Customers who view Brother MFC-J491DW and HP OfficeJet 3830 often consider HP OfficeJet 3830, a pricier option.
Table: Top compared alternatives for Brother MFC-J491DW and HP OfficeJet 3830
HP OfficeJet 3830 $151
In comparison:
HP OfficeJet 3830 ranks #20 out of 212. It is in the top 20%.
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8.3
Great
Best-selling
Popularity rank: 1 / 244
100%
Brother MFCJ6945DW $129
In comparison:
Brother MFCJ6945DW ranks #110 out of 212.
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6.9
Good
Somewhat popular
Popularity rank: 110 / 244
58%
Cheaper
Canon Pixma TR8620 $180
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Canon Pixma TR8620 ranks #31 out of 212. It is in the top 20%.
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8.3
Great
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Brother MFC-J491DW: Buy | Customer Reviews
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  • Simple to connect: Choose from built in wireless or connect locally to a single PC or Mac via USB interface. MFCJ491DW offers easy to set up wireless networking
  • Mobile printing: Print wirelessly from mobile devices(1) using Air Print, Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrint & Scan, Mopria and Wi Fi Direct
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  • The main functions of this HP color inkjet photo printer: copy, scan, fax, wireless printing, AirPrint, touchscreen, Instant Ink ready so you'll never run out of ink, and more
  • The power of your printer in the palm of your hand: The HP Smart app allows you to easily set up your printer, scan from your smartphone, order toner, and print from the cloud—such as iCloud, Dropbox and Google Drive
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Overview

Technical summary

Brother MFC-J491DW is a $156 wireless injket printer with a built-in scanner, copier and fax.

It supports automatic two-sided printing, borderless printing and prints at the speed of 12.0 ppm (6.0 ppm in color). It's recommended montly page volume is 525 and maximum allowed page volume is 2500.

It can scan a stack of up to 20 papers (using Automatic Document Feeder), as well as custom-sized documents (such as passports) with its flatbed scanner. It has a couple of extra perks: sending scans to an email and converting scans to searchable PDFs.

Brother MFC-J491DW allows printing via Wi-Fi, a mobile phone/tablet, AirPrint, a USB cable and an Ethernet cable.

HP OfficeJet 3830 is a $151 wireless injket printer with a built-in scanner, copier and fax.

It prints at the speed of 8.5 ppm (6.0 ppm in color). It's recommended montly page volume is 175 and maximum allowed page volume is 1000.

It can scan a stack of up to 35 papers (using Automatic Document Feeder), as well as custom-sized documents (such as passports) with its flatbed scanner. It has an extra perk of converting scans to PDFs.

HP OfficeJet 3830 allows printing via Wi-Fi, a mobile phone/tablet, AirPrint, a USB cable and an Ethernet cable.

Brother MFC-J491DW: Buy | Customer Reviews
HP OfficeJet 3830: Buy | Customer Reviews
What are they good for?

Are they good for
Occasional Home Use

We think HP OfficeJet 3830 would work better as a Home Printer.
Not great for Occasional Home Use
If you're looking for a good Home Printer, check out HP Envy 7855
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 525 pages per month
Important
  • Built-in Scanner & Copier
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
Somewhat Important
  • Touch Screen Status Display
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • ADF Scanner
Nice to haves
  • Borderless Printing
  • Scan to Email
  • Scan to PDF
  • Scan to Searchable PDFs
  • Colored Status Display
Great for Occasional Home Use
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 175 pages per month
Important
  • Built-in Scanner & Copier
  • Two-Sided Printing not supported
  • Status Display
Somewhat Important
  • Touch Screen Status Display
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • ADF Scanner
Nice to haves
  • Borderless Printing
  • Scan to PDF
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3 Best Printers for Occasional Home Use

Currently, median printer for Occasional Home Use will cost you $419.89. Budget options start at $89.89 and go up to $824.99 .
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Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 350 pages per month
Important
  • Built-in Scanner & Copier
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
Somewhat Important
  • Touch Screen Status Display
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • ADF Scanner
Nice to haves
  • Borderless Printing
  • Scan to Email
  • Scan to PDF
  • Colored Status Display
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 350 pages per month
Important
  • Built-in Scanner & Copier
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
Somewhat Important
  • Touch Screen Status Display
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • No ADF Scanner
Nice to haves
  • Scan to Email
  • Scan to PDF
  • Colored Status Display
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 175 pages per month
Important
  • Built-in Scanner & Copier
  • Two-Sided Printing not supported
  • Status Display
Somewhat Important
  • Touch Screen Status Display
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • ADF Scanner
Nice to haves
  • Borderless Printing
  • Scan to PDF

Are they good for
Small Office Use

We think Brother MFC-J491DW would work better as a Small Office Printer.
Great for Small Office Use
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 525 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
Important
  • Scan-To-Email
  • Scan to PDF
  • No TouchScreen
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • No Ethernet Port
Nice to haves
  • Scan to Searchable PDFs
  • Colored Status Display
Not great for Small Office Use
If you're looking for a good Small Office Printer, check out Brother MFC-J491DW
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 175 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing not supported
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
Important
  • Can't scan to email
  • Scan to PDF
  • TouchScreen
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • No Ethernet Port
For reference

3 Best Printers for Small Office Use

Currently, median printer for Small Office Use will cost you $249.99. Budget options start at $88.50 and go up to $459.95 .
Ranking is updated every hour
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 525 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
Important
  • Scan-To-Email
  • Scan to PDF
  • No TouchScreen
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • No Ethernet Port
Nice to haves
  • Scan to Searchable PDFs
  • Colored Status Display
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 800 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
Important
  • Can't scan to email
  • Can't scan to PDFs
  • TouchScreen
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Colored Status Display
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 800 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
Important
  • Scan-To-Email
  • Scan to PDF
  • TouchScreen
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Colored Status Display

Are they good for
Heavy Office Use

Neither printer is great for Heavy Office Use.
Not great for Heavy Office Use
If you're looking for a good Heavy-Usage Printer, check out Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4720
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 525 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • Print speed is 12 pages per minute
  • Scan-To-Email
  • No TouchScreen
  • Scan to PDF
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • No Ethernet port
Nice to haves
  • Scan to Searchable PDFs
  • Colored Status Display
Not great for Heavy Office Use
If you're looking for a good Heavy-Usage Printer, check out Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4720
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 175 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing not supported
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • Print speed is 8.5 pages per minute
  • Scan-to-Email not supported
  • TouchScreen
  • Scan to PDF
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • No Ethernet port
For reference

3 Best Printers for Heavy Office Use

Currently, median printer for Heavy Office Use will cost you $660. Budget options start at $229 and go up to $1212.34 .
Ranking is updated every hour
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 1500 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • Print speed is 20 pages per minute
  • Scan-To-Email
  • TouchScreen
  • Scan to PDF
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Colored Status Display
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 1500 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • Print speed is 20 pages per minute
  • Scan-To-Email
  • TouchScreen
  • Scan to PDF
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Colored Status Display
Must-haves
  • Wireless Printing
  • Designed to print about 2000 pages per month
  • Two-Sided Printing
  • Status Display
  • Automatic Document Feeder (ADF)
  • Print speed is 22 pages per minute
  • Scan-To-Email
  • TouchScreen
  • Scan to PDF
Somewhat Important
  • Flatbed Scanner
  • Fax
  • Ethernet
Nice to haves
  • Scan to Searchable PDFs
  • Colored Status Display
From Manufacturer Manufacturer-provided product description, urls and documents.
EAN Numbers: 0012502651147
UPC Numbers: 012502651147
Model Numbers: MFCJ491DW
EAN Numbers: 0889296063285, 0889296063322
UPC Numbers: 889296063285, 889296063322
Side by Side

Price is about the same. So which one is better?

Comparison summary:
Advantages of Brother MFC-J491DW:
  • It supports double-side printing, but HP OfficeJet 3830 does not.
  • It prints faster in black-and-white
  • It takes less time to print the first page in black
  • It takes less time to print the first page in color
  • It can produce higher quality black prints
  • It can produce higher quality color prints
  • It can combine scans into searchable PDFs, HP OfficeJet 3830 can't combine scans into PDFs.
Advantages of HP OfficeJet 3830:
  • It is $4.53 cheaper
  • It is a tiny bit quieter.
  • It can scan/copy a stack of up to 35 pages, while Brother MFC-J491DW can only go up to 20.
Alright, now let's go into details.
9 differences we consider important:
  • Brother MFC-J491DW supports double-side printing, but HP OfficeJet 3830 does not.
    Automatic duplex printing (also known as two-sided printing) refers to a printer's ability to print on both sides of the paper, without having to manually flip it.
  • HP OfficeJet 3830 is a tiny bit quieter.
    When printing, Brother MFC-J491DW has a loudness of 50 dB (decibels), while HP OfficeJet 3830 measures at 48 dB.
    How loud is that? We made a decibel chart for you to reference.
  • Brother MFC-J491DW prints faster in black-and-white (12 vs 8.5 PPM)
    In black-and-white, Brother MFC-J491DW prints at 12 pages per minute (PPM). HP OfficeJet 3830 measures at 8.5 PPM.
    Brother MFC-J491DW would take about 08:20 to print 100 pages, HP OfficeJet 3830 would take 11:46.
  • Brother MFC-J491DW takes less time to print the first page in black (8s vs 14s)
    This initialization is period is called 'First page out' time; it's 14 seconds for HP OfficeJet 3830 and 8 seconds for Brother MFC-J491DW. This makes Brother MFC-J491DW 6 seconds faster at printing first page in black than HP OfficeJet 3830.
  • Brother MFC-J491DW takes less time to print the first page in color (14s vs 17s)
    First page out time is 14 seconds for Brother MFC-J491DW and 17 seconds for HP OfficeJet 3830 (in color). This makes Brother MFC-J491DW 3 seconds faster at printing first page in color than HP OfficeJet 3830.
  • Brother MFC-J491DW can produce higher quality black prints (6000 x 1200 vs 1200 x 1200 DPI)
    The black print DPI of Brother MFC-J491DW is 6000 x 1200. HP OfficeJet 3830 has the DPI of 1200 x 1200. What is DPI? In short: number of dots a printer "draws" per inch. Higher DPI means higher quality print. It's not the easiest thing to understand, so if print quality is very important to you, we suggest reading an article on DPI.
    • 600 x 600 is more than enough DPI to print any kind of documents.
    • Higher DPI takes more ink to print, draining your cartridge/toner faster.
    • Whenever you see 'DPI', it's actually referring to the 'maximum DPI'. Your printer will often choose to lower the DPI where necessary to conserve ink.
  • Brother MFC-J491DW can produce higher quality color prints (6000 x 1200 vs 4800 x 1200 DPI)
    The color print DPI of Brother MFC-J491DW is 6000 x 1200. HP OfficeJet 3830 has the DPI of 4800 x 1200.
    • Unless you are a professional photographer, 1200 x 600 DPI will be fine for printing photos.
  • HP OfficeJet 3830 can scan/copy a stack of up to 35 pages, while Brother MFC-J491DW can only go up to 20.
    This feature is known as 'ADF Capacity' - it's the maximum number of sheets that you can fit into the ADF paper input tray.
  • Brother MFC-J491DW can combine scans into searchable PDFs, HP OfficeJet 3830 can't combine scans into PDFs.
    This is a very important feature for those who plan to scan a lot of multi-page documents. A printer will combine the pages into a single PDF file. So instead of receiving a dozen pictures, you get one PDF. Going a step further, certain printers use embedded OCR Software (convert image to text) to create searchable PDFs. This way allows you to do computer wizardry with the resulting scan file, such as copy, paste, search, edit, etc.
10 similarities we think are important to mention:
  • Both printers can print over Wi-Fi
    Printing over Wi-Fi is a very common feature, available even in most budget models.
  • Both printers can print from mobile
    In most cases, if a printer supports wireless printing, it also supports Wi-Fi printing.
  • Both printers have a built-in scanner & copier
    Scan and copy technology have a large hardware overlap. If a printer supports scanning, it will likely support copying.
  • Both printers can scan/copy custom-sized documents (built-in flatbed scanner).
    Flatbed scanners allow scanning documents one by one. Unlike ADF scanners, you can only scan one page at a time. However, flatbed scanners allow you to scan custom-sized documents, like passports, drivers licenses, etc. Flatbed scanners also tend to produce higher quality images.
  • Both printers can scan/copy stacks of documents (built-in ADF).
    ADF, or Automatic Document Feeder allows a printer to scan or copy a stack of pages. This feature is so important that even the cheapest printers try to include it. Technically speaking, ADF is not a feature of the printer - it is a feature of the scanner or copier.
  • Both printers support two-sided scanning (duplex ADF scanner).
    A two-sided (duplex) ADF scanner allows scanning a stack of documents on both sides.
  • Both printers have an LCD status display
    LCD status displays are very useful. Your printer can tell you if ink is low or paper is jammed.
  • Neither printer accepts touchscreen commands
    Touch-screen displays allow you to interface with a printer much faster, especially scanning and copying.
  • Both printers print at about the same speed in color (6 PPM)
    Both printers print at 6 pages per minute (PPM) in color. To print 100 pages in BW it would take about 16:40
  • Both printers are energy star qualified.
    Energy Star is a set of standards that aims to reduce energy consumption of various devices. An Energy Star Qualified printer consumes less electricity to operate and is more environmentally friendly.
Brother MFC-J491DW: Buy | Customer Reviews
HP OfficeJet 3830: Buy | Customer Reviews
print Printing
Auto-Duplex Printing Duplex printing refers to the printer’s ability to print on both sides of a sheet of paper, or double-sided. When a printer is auto-duplex capable, it can print double-sided automatically. Manual dupl ... Show more
Yes
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No
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Borderless Printing Border-less printing (aka edgeless printing, bleed printing) is an ability to print without no margins. This is most commonly used to print posters, leaflets and, of course, photographs. Borderless pr ... Show more
Yes
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Yes
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Print Speed - Black Print speed measures how many pages a printer can print in one minute—in pages per minute, or PPM. This is a manufacturer reported number, so keep in mind that it’s in their best interest to report th ... Show more
12 pages per minute
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8.5 pages per minute
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Print Speed - Color
6 pages per minute
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6 pages per minute
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Print Resolution (DPI, Black) DPI (dots-per-inch) is the simplest way to measure quality of print. Dots per inch quite literally means the number of dots of ink in one square inch of print area. Higher DPI means better print quali ... Show more
6000 x 1200
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1200 x 1200
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Print Resolution (DPI, Color) When printing in Color, DPI of 600 is good for simple graphics and DPI of 1200 is good for photos.
6000 x 1200
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4800 x 1200
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Maximum Monthly Page Volume Duty cycle measures the maximum number of pages a device can print per month. It can range from 5,000 pages for low end, personal printers to 100,000 or more for high-tech office printers. If you prin ... Show more
2,500 pages
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1,000 pages
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First Page Out (Black) When printing in black-and-white, how long does it take for printer to print out first page? This number is particularly important when frequently printing small number of pages.
8 seconds
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14 seconds
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First Page Out (Color) When printing in color, how long does it take for printer to print out first page? This number is particularly important when frequently printing small number of pages.
14 seconds
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17 seconds
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Brother MFC-J491DW: Buy | Customer Reviews
HP OfficeJet 3830: Buy | Customer Reviews
scanner Scan, Fax, and Photocopy

The four main functions of printers are: printing, scanning, photocopying, and faxing. Either your device will be print only, print/scan/copy, or an all-in-one printer that does printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. Note that scanning and copying almost always come together, since the hardware for these features overlaps significantly. Generally speaking, all-in-one printers are larger, so those with space constraints may find this to be an inconvenience. Additionally, printers with a fax feature are typically more expensive. It would be wise to only consider this feature if you plan to fax often. If not, you’ll be satisfied with a print/scan/copy device.

Scanning Does this printer include a scanner?
Yes
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Yes
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Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) The automatic document feeder, or ADF, is a tray that automatically feeds paper into the printer usually for scanning, copying, and sometimes faxing (if the printer has the fax feature). Once a job is ... Show more
Yes
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Yes
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ADF Capacity Maximum number of pages that can fit into ADF tray for scanning/copying
20 pages
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35 pages
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Flatbed Scanner
Yes
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Yes
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Scan Resolution Measured in DPI (dots per inch). Higher resolution means better scan quality.
1200 x 2400
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1200 x 1200
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Scan to Email Can this printer send scan results to an email?
Yes
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Scan to PDF Does this printer allow combining multiple scanned pages into a PDF?
Yes
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Yes
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Scan to Searchable PDF Some printers have embedded OCR software that allows converting scans to searchable PDF documents.
Yes
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Photocopying Can this printer be used as a photocopier?
Yes
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Yes
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Copy Speed (Black) Measured in Pages per Minute
6 PPM
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7 PPM
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Copy Speed (Color) Measured in Pages per Minute (PPM).
3 PPM
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3.5 PPM
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Copy Resolution (Black)
1200 x 1200
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600 x 300
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Copy Resolution (Color)
1200 x 600
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600 x 300
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Max number of Copies When using the copier function, what is the maximum number of copies that the printer allows you to set in one go?
99 pages
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50 pages
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Faxing Does this printer include the ability to send/receive faxes?
Yes
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Yes
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Color Fax Does the printer allow sending/receiving faxes in color?
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Yes
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Fax Transmission Speed How long does the printer take to send 1 page over fax?
7 seconds
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4 seconds
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Fax Memory If printer runs out of pages or ink, it will hold received fax messages in memory. This number indicates how many pages printer can hold.
170 pages
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99 pages
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Max Number of Fax Broadcast Locations Some faxes have the ability to send to multiple destinations at the same time. This number indicates maximum number of destinations that a printer can send to simultaneously.
90 max locations
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wifi_tethering Connectivity

Network printers can be wired or wireless. A printer with a wired network connection uses an Ethernet cord that connects directly to your router. A wireless printer connects to your home or office Wi-Fi network. Any computer also connected to your network can use your printer, whether it’s wired or wireless. You will have to install software, or printer drivers, on the computer before you can print. Also, there is a setup process for the printer to get it on the network. If your printer is not wireless, you’ll need to connect it directly to your computer via USB cable, which is not ideal if you have multiple users that need the printer simultaneously.

Outside of Wi-Fi, there are a number of ways a device can connect to a printer. If the printer is not wireless, you’ll have to connect to your printer via USB cable. Some people prefer using the wired connection because it allows for faster data transfers and quicker printing. Depending on the speed of your Wi-Fi and how strong the signal is, it can take time for the document to send from computer to printer over the network. Using a wired connection eliminates this issue. Other connections you may have are: Ethernet for wired connection to your network; Airprint or Google Cloud Print for quick direct printing over the cloud/internet; USB hard drive or memory card to print directly from storage devices; or PictBridge to print directly from cameras.

Can Print Over Wi-Fi
Yes
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Yes
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Can connect with a USB cable
Yes
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Yes
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Can Print from Mobile You may also be able to print directly from your smartphone or tablet through features like AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, or from a brand-specific mobile app like Brother’s iPrint&Scan app. If you ... Show more
Yes
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Yes
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Supports AirPrint AirPrint allows you to print directly from certain Apple devices, such as an iPhone/iPad.
Yes
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Yes
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Supports HP ePrint Certain HP printers support a useful function called "ePrint" - it allows the user to send an email directly to the printer. This makes printing easier.
No
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Yes
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Wifi Direct Wi-Fi direct allows your Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as your smartphone, computer, or tablet, to connect to your printer without using a wireless router or network. You can connect to your printer dir ... Show more
Yes
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Yes
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PictBridge If photos are one of your main print jobs, you may have a camera that is PictBridge compliant. PictBridge is built-in software that allows you to print directly from your camera. The camera is connect ... Show more
No
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NFC NFC (Near-Field Communication) is a printer feature that allows you to print from a smartphone by "tapping" your smartphone on the printer.
No
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video_label LCD

Printers with an LCD screen/display give you the option to control some settings directly on the printer, such as a one-touch print, scan, copy, or fax. You may also be able to adjust print quality, preview the print job, and/or view connection settings. Some screens are programmed to offer setup instructions for easy installation. For those who are not particularly tech savvy, this could be helpful.

LCD Screen Display Does the printer have an LCD display screen to preview the print job and settings?
Yes
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Yes
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Colored Display
Yes
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No
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LCD Screen Size If the printer has an LCD screen, what is the size of that screen?
1.8 inches
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2.2 inches
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Touch Screen Commands Does the printer feature a touch screen for easy command input?
No
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Yes
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Software Platform
Memory Capacity Internal memory, storage, or memory capacity in a printer will all mean the same thing—the amount of print data the printer can store in the print queue. When you send multiple documents to the printe ... Show more
128 MB
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512 MB
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Memory Capacity - Maximum
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512 MB
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Physical Features
Weight

18 lbs
 
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12 lbs
 
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Dimensions
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Noise Level How loud a printer can be is measured in the standard sound unit called decibels, or dB. The higher the dB rating, the louder the machine is. Also, the closer you are to the machine, the louder it wil ... Show more
50 dB
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48 dB
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Paper
Supported Paper Sizes Not all printers can handle all sizes of paper. If you plan to print photos, envelopes, labels, or other variations from the typical 8.5x11" letter paper, you’ll need a printer that has settings to su ... Show more
  • Letter
  • Legal
  • Executive
  • A4
  • A5
  • A6
  • Index Card (5" x 8")
  • Envelope (C5)
  • Envelope (DL)
  • Envelope (Monarch)
  • Photo (4" x 6")
  • Photo (5" x 7")
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  • Letter
  • Legal
  • 4 x 6 in
  • 5 x 7 in
  • 8 x 10 in
  • No. 10 envelopes
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Number of Trays How many paper trays does the printer have?
1
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1
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Paper Tray Capacity Paper tray capacity indicates the maximum number of sheets of paper that fit in the tray or document feeder. The main tray will likely hold the most paper; the printer may also have one or more backup ... Show more
100 sheets
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60 sheets
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Output Paper Tray Capacity Number of pages that fit in printer's output tray.
50 pages
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25 pages
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Other Info
Power Consumption For the energy conscious, or those looking to cut down their power bill, the amount of power your printer consumes may be a concern to you. At different stages, such as in standby mode, while actively ... Show more
  • Printing - 16 W
  • Ready - 3 W
  • Sleep - 1 W
  • Power Off - 0.2 W
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  • 1.17 watts sleep mode
  • 2.83 watts standby mode
  • 10 watts operation mode
  • 0.1 watts Off
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Energy Star Qualified Energy Star is a set of standards that aims to reduce energy consumption of various devices. If a device is Energy Star qualified, it will consumer less energy to operate and is more environmentally f ... Show more
Yes
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Yes
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Brother MFC-J491DW is a very popular and one of the most affordable options. It's in the top 3 bestselling printers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Canon Pixma MX532 or HP Envy 5661 .

Brother MFC-J491DW was released in 2018. We don't know any printers that are newer on the market.

Brother MFC-J491DW is $179.49 less expensive than an average printer ($335.49).

HP OfficeJet 3830 is a top selling and one of the cheapest options. It's a #1 bestseller in printers category and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as HP Envy Photo 6222 or Canon Pixma MX532 .

HP OfficeJet 3830 was released in 2015. There are a lot of newer printers on the market. Show newer Printers

HP OfficeJet 3830 is $184.20 less expensive than an average printer ($335.49).

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